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How to Draw with Charcoal - Lesson
Learn charcoal drawing techniques and how to draw a skull in this lesson.

All of the tutorials on this page involve charcoal drawing.  Charcoal is burnt organic material, usually wood.  It comes in many different forms including pencils and sticks.  Softer charcoals are called vine charcoal, while harder varieties are called compressed charcoals.  Most charcoal is black although some manufacturers add white pigment to create white compressed charcoal.  Vine charcoal typically makes lighter marks that are easy to erase, while compressed charcoals make darker marks that are harder to erase. 

Charcoal can be used on many different surfaces.  Charcoal is sometimes used when making a preliminary drawing for an oil painting on canvas or panel.  For finished drawings, charcoal is typically used on textured drawing papers.   

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How to Draw with Charcoal - Lesson
Learn charcoal drawing techniques and how to draw a skull in this lesson that features the use of white and black charcoal on gray paper (2 Videos).

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Landscape Sketch with Charcoal Pencils - Lesson
Take a look at drawing with charcoal pencils in this tutorial that explores a landscape sketch. How to sharpen charcoal pencils is also covered.

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